Jardins de Piscines i Esports

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These gardens cover a hectare in Sant Gervasi and today are one of the green spaces with the most active sports and leisure facilities on the south-west side of the neighbourhood. The biggest area is on the south side, next to C/ Bori i Fontestà. It is a large semicircular space encircled by paths that, together with a central path, mark out two large expanses of grass with large, tall trees that provide some areas with ample shade.

The area has traditionally enjoyed huge popularity as a space not just for walks, recreation and leisure but also for taking up outdoor sports. It housed the Reial Club de Polo at the start of the 20th century and later became a much-used public sports complex.

History

The gardens were already hugely popular among Barcelonians at the start of the 20th century. The Reial Club de Polo was established there in 1910, on land popularly known as Can Ràbia, next to Carretera de Sarrià, the Sarrià road. An area between Av Diagonal and the land that RCD Espanyol’s Sarrià Stadium would be built on.
It was much larger than the current green space, with grass fields, horse-riding rinks, coach parks, service booths, and social and sports areas, including tennis courts and gardens with areas for taking a stroll. The Reial Club de Polo moved to its current site, on Av Diagonal, in 1932. The Parc Esportiu de Can Ràbia became the Pools and Sports complex in 1935. RCD Espanyol used the sports facilities to give players trials and other football-related activities.
School sports, the People’s Olympics, sardana-dancing, balls and festive parties were held on the site too. During the Spanish Civil War it was turned into a recruitment centre and after, under the Franco dictatorship, it regained its former status as a private sports centre, when it was called Piscinas y Deportes. Local pressure towards the end of the 1980s led to being returned to public use.

 

Biodiversity

Entering from C/ Doctor Fleming, you will see a small, semicircular pond with two Chinese weeping willows. From there you can see a broad, quiet, partly shaded area that reaches the path.
In the foreground you will also see specimens of ombu (Phytolacca dioca) and tipus (Tipuana tipu). Skirting the private centre you will come across a line of palm trees (Phoenix canariensis). The central avenue boasts a group of poplars (Populus nigra) – there are many of them all around the garden – and tipus on the other side. The route reveals several specimens of mulberries (Morus alba), palm trees and dwarf palms (Chamaerops humilis), pine trees (Pinus canariensis), peppercorn trees (Schinus molle) and black locusts (Robinia pseudoacacia). A Boston ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata) makes an arbour on a wooden lattice, at the other end of the gardens, just by the entrance to a private car park (junction of C/ Bori Fontestà and C/ Ganduxer). The oleanders (Nerium oleander) growing there have outgrown the shrub stage and become trees.
The northern slope has a smaller, triangular-shaped landscaped area that closes the gardens off and insulates them from the city’s hustle and bustle. This part has Aleppo pine and holm oak plantations, with abelias, acanthus trees and mastic trees at the foot of their trunks.

Art and Architecture

The subsoil contains the Bori i Fontestà rain-water deposit, one of those making up the municipal grid that manages the city’s abundant rain water. There is also a well for collecting water used for Turó Park, one of Barcelona’s historical parks that is very near these gardens.

Traductor de google :
Address:
Carrer del Doctor Fleming, 8
District:
Sarrià-Sant Gervasi
Neighborhood:
Sant Gervasi - Galvany
City:
Barcelona
Titularitat:
Private center

Schedule

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Managed by:
Dir Diagonal.

Accesos:

- Doctor Fleming / Bori Fontestà- Doctor Fleming - Bori Fontestà- Ganduxer- Santa Fe de Nou Mèxic

Address
Carrer del Doctor Fleming, 8

Phone number

Information:
932 022 202 Dir Diagonal

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